The Faculty of Pharmacy, Universitas Hasanuddin, held a guest lecture entitled “Webinar Top Scientist Series 12”. The activity began at 09.30 WITA and lasted at 11.30 Central Indonesia Time online via the Zoom meeting application, Saturday (11/13).
The speakers presented are as follows:
- Prof. Taifo Mahmud, Ph.D., (Departemen of Pharmaceutical Sciences Oregon State University, USA).
- Sri Fatmawati, Ph.D., (Chairwomen of OWSD, Organization for Woman in Science for the Developing World, Indonesia & Chairwoman of Indonesia Academy of Young Scientists, ALMI).
To start, Prof. Taifo Mahmud, Ph.D., presented a material that discussed the role of Blue Biotechnology in drug discovery and marine conservation. He introduced Oregon State University as one of the best universities in international public research globally, with approximately 200 academic degree programs offered and linking research developed into innovative products.
Furthermore, Prof. Taifo Mahmud explained a topic regarding the utilization of marine resources using a biotechnology approach. In general, the development of biotechnology is the use of technology that is applied to produce a quality product in pharmaceutical science.
“The use of marine resources is developed as raw materials for the aquatic biotechnology industry, such as bioactive seaweed compounds formulated as sunscreen creams. In its use, sunscreen cream has active ingredients in providing skin protection from exposure to UV radiation,” Prof. Taifo explained.
Prof. Taifo Mahmud, Ph.D., afterwards explained the effectiveness of the content or test of active compounds in seaweed formulated as cosmetic preparations on the skin surface.
In subsequence, the webinar was continued with a material presentation by Sri Fatmawati, Ph.D., who discussed the potential of traditional Indonesian plants. She explained how the benefits of biodiversity or herbal plants are considerably efficacious are used as traditional medicines.
The development of modern pharmaceutical raw material is carried out by exploring natural resources or derived from active ingredients of traditional medicinal plants to obtain standardized pharmaceutical raw material or new chemical substances as new compounds.
After the material presentation, the activity attended by approximately 100 participants was then continued with a discussion and question and answer session. It was guided by Andi Dian Permana, Ph.D., Apt., as the moderator.
Marningsih Sadik, S.S. and Kumara Tungga Dewa, S.S.
Editor : Ishaq Rahman, AMIPR